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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Black Live Matter: Anti-Racist Resources

Sunday: Student Voices: Top 20 Favorite Books by Aneesah F. and Jordan K., 8th Grade

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

It’s my birthday!
Taking some me time–I’ll be back next week 🙂
Happy reading this week!

To see what I’m reading, you can always check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I read a lot of books this week, and I catalogued them like a good blogger (like Kellee, anyways), so I could share them all. But I want to dedicate this entire Monday post to THIS BOOK. This Is My America by Kim Johnson is a phenomenal book that comes out in a month. I’ll be writing a full review, but I need to tell you to pre-order this book. It takes on so many big topics, but primarily, it offers many lenses into inequities in the criminal justice system. I expect it to win awards—a lot of them.

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Ricki

This week, I am starting the week by rereading. I am rereading Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and I am rereading Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. I am planning my course for the Fall and using these texts within it, so I want to start preparing.

Also this week, I am speaking out against SROs in schools and preparing for a Board meeting in my district. I am spending most of my time gathering data and preparing. If you want to chat about doing the same in your district, I have a lot of data to share that is incredibly difficult for any human being to ignore. Message me.

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Tuesday: The Blue Giant by Katie Cottle

Thursday: Good Night Monster Storybook Kit: Stuffed Monster with What Did the Good Night Monster Do? by Ruth Austin, Illustrated by Katie Harnett #GoodNightMonster

Sunday: Student Voices: A Posivite Among Negatives: Pollution during COVID-19 by Zack L., 8th Grade

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: LyricPop: A New Picture Book Series from Akashic Books with Don’t Stop, song lyrics by Christine McVie, illustrations by Nusha Ashjaee; Good Vibrations, song lyrics by Mike Love and Brian Wilson, illustrations by Paul Hoppe; We’re Not Gonna Take It, song lyrics by Dee Snider, illustrations by Margaret McCartney;  African, song lyrics by Peter Tosh, illustrations by Rachel Moss

Thursday: Camp Candlewick

Sunday:  Author Guest Post: “Why Reread?” by Dorothy A. Winsor, Author of The Wysman

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

Sorry this is so long. We did a lot of reading this week, and I wanted to share it all!

  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett: The Grace Year says a lot about womanhood, girl on girl bullying, and societal expectations of woman. Reminded me a lot of Wilder Girls in what it was saying about woman and societal sexism with a story in a dystopian world. I had some problems with the book, but I can see why it is on teen lists and why many people love it.
  • Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham: Before I read this with Trent, I wanted to make sure it spoke what I wanted to share with him. And I think it does a very good job of introducing White privilege to kids and shows that educating kids is the way to move forward. I will be reading this with Trent.
  • Trent read to me this week
    • It’s Shoe Time by Bryan Collier: Sometimes your pair is who is least expected. And it is also okay to go out and have some fun without your pair. Oh, and don’t worry about norms. All of these are lessons told from the point of view of shoes. Pretty darn smart!
    • Do You Like My Bike? by Norm Feuti & (not pictured) Let’s Have a Sleepover by Norm Feuti: These acorn books from Scholastic are perfect for Trent’s age and practicing reading. The stories are fun and relatable. We also love that they are early graphic novels. And Trent really likes Harry.
    • What About Worms!? by Ryan T. Higgins: The newest in the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series and by the author of the Bruce books–a winning combination.
  • Read with Trent
    • We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorrell: What a beautiful book. It highlights modern Cherokee life through a year and all that they are grateful. The illustrations remind me of artist Carmen Lomas Garza in the truth and narrative of the depiction of life and the story teaches and honors the Cherokee story.
    • Dragons Love Tacos 1 & 2 by Adam Rubin: We added the Hoopla extension to our Roku, and Trent found these movies. Love having book movies as an option on the tv.
    • I am Enough by Grace Byers: Such an empowering message as the young girl in the story celebrates herself and the enoughness of her. The lyrics were melodic with inclusive illustrations–a beautiful picture book.
    • Mac B. Kid Spy: Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett & Rosie Revere and the Racous Riveters by Andrea Beaty: Both of our book clubs finished their books this week. Trent says they both deserve 5 stars! Both of these authors are more known for their picture books, but I recommend their chapter books, too.
    • The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke: This stunning book celebrates the intuitiveness, creativity, and engineering of kids and their ability to take the best out of their situation. And man, do I love the illustrations. Please make sure to read the author and illustrator notes because they truly tie the book together.
    • Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney: Jerry Pinkney knows how to craft a book! He is a genius. The illustrations are as ridiculously good as you expect, and I loved the little bit of the twist he threw in to tie in a lesson that every kid can take away.
    • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes: I loved this book the first time I read it (um, brilliant writing and illustrations, am I right?!), and now I am so happy to share it with Trent. I loved showing him about this young Black boy’s journey at the barbershop and the importance of it in his neighborhood. The conversation following the reading was nice because although Trent found a lot of connections with his barbershop, he had some questions about some differences. And with this one, don’t miss the author’s note either.
    • Thank You, Omu! by Oge Moran: Oh, Omu! What a kind queen, just like her name means. This book celebrates community. I find it to be a modern day Giving Tree which shows how you support someone who gives to you.
    • You Matter by Christian Robinson: We watched Christian Robinson read this on PBS Kids, and he shared that he created this book because he wants every kid to know they matter, and he did. With scarce yet lyrical text and his signature illustrations, Christian Robinson shows that no matter what, you matter.
    • Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall: This was probably Trent’s favorite picture book of the week. It is about courage to try something new but also the patience it may take and the fear you may find when doing something new. And the dad’s support is THE BEST!
    • Another by Christian Robinson: A wordless picture book where an alternate dimension shows that perspective changes everything. Once again Christian Robinson’s artwork shines!
    • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed: We’ve read Rocket Says Look Up (below) quite a few times, and Trent always has me look up Mae Jemison because Rocket mentions her, so when I found out about this picture book about her as a young child, I knew Trent was going to love it, and I was right. It shows that if you dream it and work hard, you can do it! One particular part made me so mad and led to some great conversation: Mae says at school she wants to be an astronaut, and her teacher redirects her and asks her if nurse may be better. Trent and I were so mad at this! But it also gave us a chance to talk. Why did the teacher say this? That answer is a hard and long one, but he and I talked about it.
    • Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima: Trent loved this quirky adventure tale more than me, but I did love the characters!
    • The Dreamer by Il Sung Na: When pigs fly? The pig fails many times before succeeding but doesn’t give up and eventually the pig does fly!
    • Rocket Says Look Up by Nathan Bryon: A favorite favorite favorite book of Trent’s now. Rocket knows that presence is important and that the world around her and in space is beautiful. Others won’t listen and she almost lets defeat get to her, but her brother steps up and so does the universe.
    • Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy: I didn’t know this was a true story!!! Read this book for the story and the illustrations but stay for the author’s note. Rafael López and his wife started the Urban Art Trail in San Diego with just the idea to add color to their neighborhood. And man, is it beautiful! (And I’ve been chastising myself for not reading this and knowing about it before going to San Diego!)
    • Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña: Another Christian Robinson illustrated book! A coming of age picture book mixed with sadness yet hope and a sister/brother relationship that seemed very real.
    • Poppleton Has Fun by Cynthia Rylant: This series is quite fun; we only have 2 more in the series to finish.
    • Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard: Wow. Wow. Wow. What a beautifully crafted book. The topic seems so simple at first but the way that Kevin Noble Maillard delves into Native American family, traditions, art, and history is brilliant. What crafting! And Juana Martinez-Neal brings the words to life with her illustrations.
  • Will be reviewing soon: The Blue Giant by Katie Cottle & What Did the Good Night Monster Do? by Ruth Austi

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I think my kids and I are reading about 6-7 books a day. I am not as good at Kellee at keeping an ongoing list. Instead I am a bit more abstract, and I sit down on Sunday nights and think, “Which books do we remember? Which stick out that I want to share?” Not a great method, I know. Sometimes, I think, “Ahh! I didn’t share that book!” I need to be more like Kellee. Here are five books that stuck out to me. If you drop down below, I have some great books I started this week!

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James lives up to the amazingness of Crown, their award-winning past book. I loved reading this one to my kids and highly recommend it. It is masterfully done, and I will be surprised if it doesn’t garner big awards this year!

Good Night Monster by Ruth Austin is a wonderful book set (with a plush) for helping kids who are afraid of monsters at night. Kellee and I review this set next week, and I am really looking forward to sharing about how much my children loved it next week. I heard about

Spotted Tail by David Heska Wanbli Weiden at the SLJ Day of Dialogue last week and had to get it. My sons loved learning about Spotted Tail. It offers a beautiful history and the illustrations are absolutely magnificent.

Cicada by Shaun Tan. If you know Shaun Tan, this book offers the complexity of all of his books. It is quite powerful, and thinking about it makes me shiver. Its message is quite extraordinary.

What About Worms? by Ryan T. Higgins and Mo Willems. Kellee mentioned this book above, and we just got it. My boys are genuinely obsessed with it. Whatever floor they are on, this book is on it. They think it is hysterical.

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Kellee

  • Reading: Not sure yet!
  • Listening: Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick
  • Reading with Trent: Not sure yet!

Ricki

I am bouncing between three books in different parts in my house (a book for every room). All are amazingly good. I am sure you’ve heard of them, but I don’t think they can be shared enough. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. This is My America by Kim Johnson. Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. I cannot wait to share more. In fact, I am going to head on upstairs to read more right now.

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Tuesday: Black Live Matter: Anti-Racist Resources

Sunday: Student Voices: Top 20 Favorite Books by Aneesah F. and Jordan K., 8th Grade

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: The Refuge by Sandra le Guen, Illustrated by Stéphane Nicolet

Thursday: Yoga Animals: A Wild Introduction to Kid-Friendly Poses by Paige Towler

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Kellee

School’s out for the summer! 🙂 Hope you all are having a good end of the school year, and happy summer to those already out!

  • The Brave by James Bird: “This middle-grade novel The Brave is about a boy with an OCD issue and his move to a reservation to live with his biological mother.Collin can’t help himself—he has a unique condition that finds him counting every letter spoken to him. It’s a quirk that makes him a prime target for bullies, and a continual frustration to the adults around him, including his father.When Collin asked to leave yet another school, his dad decides to send him to live in Minnesota with the mother he’s never met. She is Ojibwe, and lives on a reservation. Collin arrives in Duluth with his loyal dog, Seven, and quickly finds his mom and his new home to be warm, welcoming, and accepting of his condition.Collin’s quirk is matched by that of his neighbor, Orenda, girl who lives mostly in her treehouse and believes she is turning into a butterfly. With Orenda’s help, Collin works hard to overcome his challenges. His real test comes when he must step up for his new friend and trust his new family.”
  • With Trent:
    • On Mac Barnett’s IG Book Club Show Book Club: A few rereadings of his picture books and two new-to-us books: There’s a Party at Mona’s Tonight by Harry Allard and Kuma-Kuma Chan, The Little Bear by Kazue Takahashi — two very different books! Kuma-Kuma Chan was beautiful and quiet, Mona was loud and silly.
      • Starting this week, Mac Barnett is moving to a weekly book club, and we are so sad! It has been our picture book reading (we’ve been reading chapter books together), and we are going to miss it!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I will return next week, I promise! I spent the week working on a chapter for my book!

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Kellee

  • Reading: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
  • Listening (slowly but surely since I am not driving often…): Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick
  • Reading with Trent (for one book club): Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty
  • Reading with Trent (for another book club): Mac B. Kid Spy: Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett

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Tuesday: LyricPop: A New Picture Book Series from Akashic Books with Don’t Stop, song lyrics by Christine McVie, illustrations by Nusha Ashjaee; Good Vibrations, song lyrics by Mike Love and Brian Wilson, illustrations by Paul Hoppe; We’re Not Gonna Take It, song lyrics by Dee Snider, illustrations by Margaret McCartney;  African, song lyrics by Peter Tosh, illustrations by Rachel Moss

Thursday: Camp Candlewick

Sunday:  Author Guest Post: “Why Reread?” by Dorothy A. Winsor, Author of The Wysman

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: The 2020 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner and Finalists

Thursday: Blog Tour with Author Q&A: Legends from Mom’s Closet by Sasha Olsen

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Opening the Door: How Stepping Inside the Poem can Help Your Students — even those who hate writing — Read, Understand, Create, and Enjoy Poetry” by Marjorie Maddox, Author of Inside Out: Poems on Writing & Reading Poems

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Kellee

  • Sara and the Search for Normal by Wesley King: “Sara wants one thing: to be normal. What she has instead are multiple diagnoses from Dr. Ring. Sara’s constant battle with False Alarm—what she calls panic attacks—and other episodes cause her to isolate herself. She rarely speaks, especially not at school, and so she doesn’t have any friends. But when she starts group therapy she meets someone new. Talkative and outgoing Erin doesn’t believe in “normal,” and Sara finds herself in unfamiliar territory: at the movies, at a birthday party, and with someone to tell about her crush—in short, with a friend. But there’s more to Erin than her cheerful exterior, and Sara begins to wonder if helping Erin will mean sacrificing their friendship.”
  • Once Upon a Space-Time by Jeffrey Brown: In the future we learn we are not alone and everything changes. The alien technology changes our world and so much is now possible. Our main characters are kids at an institute just for space exploration, but they are the misfits of the school. But that doesn’t stop them! Told in Brown’s funny fashion, this sci-fi graphic novel is going to be a huge hit with students!
  • Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein: “Seventh grade is not going well for Will Levine. Kids at school bully him because of his funny-looking chin. His science teacher finds out about the turtles he spent his summer collecting from the marsh behind school and orders him to release them back into the wild. And for his bar mitzvah community service project, he has to go to the hospital to visit RJ, an older boy struggling with an incurable disease. Unfortunately, Will hates hospitals.”
  • Lumberjanes Vol. 5 & 6: I love so much about this series–the mix of a normal teen idenity story mixed with great friends and major craziness in a forest and mythology = some awesome graphic novels.
  • Yoga Animals and The Refuge will both be reviewed this week — don’t miss them!
  • With Trent:
    • The Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom: What a beautiful book! And so important–it is one that I would share with students ASAP. The conversation I had with my 6-year-old alone shows the impact the book has.
    • We continue to watch Mac Barnett’s Book Club Show Book Club each day. Since he made it through all of his own picture books, he is sharing some of his favorites, and we both are enjoying them! I particularly like that they are, so far, all lesser known to me books:
      • This week: The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer, The Quiet Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown, Shortcut by Donald Crews, and It’s a Secret by John Burningham.
      • This week Mac also finally got the one book we missed the first time around: The Skunk. So that means that Trent has now read all of Mac Barnett’s picture books.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

It is my first time hanging out with my husband all week (where we are both not working at night), so I think I am going to pause and share next week if that is okay with you all 🙂

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Kellee

  • Currently Reading: The Brave by James Bird
  • Currently Listening (and it is taking so long since I’m not driving anywhere!): Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick
  • Reading with Trent for one of his book clubs: Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty
  • Reading with Trent for one of his book clubs (following along while watching Mac Barnett’s Book Club Show Chapter Books After Dark): Mac B. Kid Spy: Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett
  • Trent reads each Monday with Henry: Elephant and Piggie books by Mac Barnett

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Tuesday: The Refuge by Sandra le Guen, Illustrated by Stéphane Nicolet

Thursday: Yoga Animals: A Wild Introduction to Kid-Friendly Poses by Paige Towler

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Q&A and Giveaway!: One Last Shot by John David Anderson
**Giveaway open until Wednesday!**

Thursday: Ricki’s Lessons Learned from Teaching her Kindergartener Stop Animation

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Engaging Reluctant Readers” by Sarah S. Reida, Author of All Sales Final

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Kellee

  • The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead: “After her parents’ divorce, Bea’s life became different in many ways. But she can always look back at the list she keeps in her green notebook to remember the things that will stay the same. The first and most important: Mom and Dad will always love Bea, and each other.When Dad tells Bea that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, are getting married, Bea is thrilled. Bea loves Jesse, and when he and Dad get married, she’ll finally (finally!) have what she’s always wanted–a sister. Even though she’s never met Jesse’s daughter, Sonia, Bea is sure that they’ll be ‘just like sisters anywhere.’As the wedding day approaches, Bea will learn that making a new family brings questions, surprises, and joy.”
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson: I read the first couple of books in the series a couple of years ago, but when I noticed the whole series was on Hoopla from my public library, I decided to reread them so I could read the rest, and WOW! They are even better than I remember! They are such a fun combination of camp-life friendship fun, crazy adventures, fantasy, mythology, love of all identities and people, and weirdness!!!
  • With Trent: The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz: I loved reading the first book in this series with Trent. His review: “I liked this book because the Jersey Devil is blue and red, and I like blue and red. And it looks cool with its wings. I liked how Professor Fauna talked about pirates in the Pine Barrens. Elliot is like me and I like that. We both don’t like to take risks, and he has hair kind of like mine. The book was adventurous.”

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

The kids have been wanting to read a lot of Berenstain Bears books lately, so I posted one above, but we’ve plowed through about a dozen of them. I’ve also grown to love the Giggle Gang series of early readers (What is Chasing Duck? is above). As long as you all will keep it a secret, I am exhausted by the DC Super Friends and Lego Super Heroes early readers. I posted four of the books we read. I honestly don’t see the appeal of freezing and superhero-ing. But my 6- and 3-year-old love them. Sigh. We’ve got several more on hold. I will pretend to love them!

The Refuge by Sandra Le Guin. Whew. This one is stunning. My guess is that it might rake in some awards this year. I found it to be quite captivating (review to come next week). 

We love Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty, so we enjoyed rereading The Story Book Knight. The Snatchabook is one of our family’s favorite books. We found that one hiding in the bookshelf last week, and my 3-year-old walked into my partner’s office while he was working to smile broadly and hold it up. There was mutual shared joy. That book is magnificent, and we really love The Story Book Knight, as well.

We reread some classics (Harold and the Purple Crayon and The Paper Bag Princess–which are both fantastic). We also finished our book club book Unicorn Rescue Society. It’s the first in the series, and we’ll likely read the others in the future. And finally, my 3-year-old would be upset with me if I didn’t highlight We Don’t Eat Our Classmates. This one really made him giggle.

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Kellee

  • Reading: After the Worst Thing Happens by Audrey Vernick & Lumberjanes Vol 5 by Noelle Stevenson
  • Listening: Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick
  • Reading/Listening with Trent: Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty & Mac B. Kid Spy: Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett

Ricki

We are also reading Mac B. Kid Spy: Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett. I read the first four chapters to the boys tonight, and my 6-year-old was really into it. I stopped after the first chapter and convinced him to clean his room. This earned him the next three chapters. We are reading four chapters a week with his book club, so we’ll be finished in four weeks. I also found a copy of Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds. I am excited to check that one out. I missed it, and I have read most of his books. 

Admittedly, I’ve gotten out of my reading groove. I’m reading about 15 books a day with the kids (most of them rereads while we wait for the library to open). But my night time is spend working. Without childcare, I am really struggling to find time to read YAL because I have such limited work time. I am hoping to get back into the groove soon. Tonight, I am closing up my computer and going upstairs to read. I miss normalcy!

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Tuesday: The 2020 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner and Finalists

Thursday: Blog Tour with Author Q&A: Legends from Mom’s Closet by Sasha Olsen

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Opening the Door: How Stepping Inside the Poem can Help Your Students — even those who hate writing — Read, Understand, Create, and Enjoy Poetry” by Marjorie Maddox, Author of Inside Out: Poems on Writing & Reading Poems

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: It Is (Not) Perfect by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant
**Giveaway open until Thursday!**

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Studying the Past, Writing the Future: Some Thoughts on the Study of History” by Todd Hasak-Lowy, Author of We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World

Updated Often: The Big List of Online Learning Resources for COVID-19 and Quarantine

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Kellee

  • Major Impossible by Nathan Hale: This is the first of Nathan Hale’s books where I knew nothing about the history of, and it was so interesting! Powell is such a fascinating character, and I want to learn even more about him! And I adore Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales and how he mixes the text structure and adds in so much humor in serious history.
  • Unicorn Theater by Dana Simpson: Pheobe and her Unicorn are some of my favorite comics to read to just feel happy, and this one definitely filled that want!
  • BenBee and the Teacher Griefer by K.A. Holt: “The Kids Under the Stairs: BenBee and the Teacher Griefer is a funny, clever novel-in-verse series about Ben Bellows—who failed the Language Arts section of the Florida State test—and three classmates who get stuck in a summer school class.
    But these kids aren’t dumb—they’re divergent thinkers, as Ms. J tells them: they simply approach things in a different way than traditional school demands.
    Each chapter is told through the perspective of one of the four students, who each write in a different style (art, verse, stream of consciousness).”
  • Lafayette by Nathan Hale: It was so much fun to read Lafayette’s story since I only knew aspects of his history from high school history class and Hamilton.
  • With Trent:
    • Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler: What a beautiful story to read to celebrate spring. Read by Michelle Obama on her story time.
    • The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli: We’ve been watching Standby Book Club with Greg Pizzoli, but we kept missing this one. We were so glad that he reread it.
    • My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete: Such a sweet story about siblings, one with autism.
    • Much else of what we’re reading right now are either chapter books or rereads (primarily of Mac Barnett, Josh Funk, Kate Messner, or Oliver Jeffers books because we watch their storytimes!).
    • Trent has also been reading to us! This week he read Fox the Tiger  by Corey R. Tabor, Harold and Hot Pretend for Real by Dan Santat, and The Good for Nothing Button by Charise Mericle Harper.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

The boys and I tried out the library’s overdrive because we were looking for some new books for the oldest to read aloud. The books we were looking for weren’t available, but we found a lot of amazing alternatives! How Many Jelly Beans? offered some great number sense. They loved the DC Super Friends: Bizarro Day and Star Wars Sith Wars books.

Our shared favorites were A Pig, A Fox, and a Box by Jonathan Fenske (very funny!) and The Doghouse by Jan Thomas. We’ve put holds on a few other books by these two authors but we may be in for a long wait.

My oldest loves anything history or autobiography, so he liked listening to Magic Treehouse’s Fact Tracker: Abraham Lincoln. We’ve read Hope’s Gift by Kelly Starling Lyons three times this week because he likes learning about the Civil War.

We’ve read other books in Stacy McAnulty’s companion series, but we hadn’t read Earth! yet. It was just as amazing as the others. This is one of our favorite science series.

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  • Reading and Listening: I don’t know… I’ve been on a graphic novel kick to keep my engagement up, but who knows what I’ll turn to.
  • Listening with Trent: Unicorn Rescue Society: The Creature in the Pine by Adam Gidwitz (finishing this week for book club)
  • Reading with Trent: Rosie Revere and the Caucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty (starting for our other book club)

Ricki

We are going to explore the Kindle Overdrive options our library offers some more. The library is starting to offer curbside pickup in a week, and we may try to brave it and leave the books to settle for a few days before we open them up.

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Q&A and Giveaway!: One Last Shot by John David Anderson

Thursday: Ricki’s Lessons Learned from Teaching my Kindergartener Stop Animation

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Engaging Reluctant Readers” by Sarah S. Reida, Author of All Sales Final

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

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Updated Often: The Big List of Online Learning Resources for COVID-19 and Quarantine

Tuesday: Virtual Book Clubs with our Kids During Quarantine

Thursday: Abby in Oz and the Whatever After Series by Sarah Mlynowski

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “What Kids Can Do to Help the Environment and Why Does It Matter?” by Tracy Richardson, Author of The Field and Catalyst

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Kellee

  • Doodleville by Chad Sell: What a fascinating graphic novel about come to life drawings which symbolize much more than they seem.
  • Book Love by Debbie Tung: I think Debbie Tung wrote this book for me. She is in my head! Funny is the “she gets me” kind of way.
  • What About Worms by Ryan T. Higgins: I cannot wait to see the finished book. The e-galley, I’m sure, doesn’t do it justice, but I know Trent is going to LOVE it.
  • Act by Kayla Miller: I cannot believe I haven’t read any of these titles yet–what a fun cast of characters! A great representation of middle school with a great story!
  • What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers: Oliver Jeffers is brilliant, and this book he wrote about his daughter fills my heart, and I cannot wait to see the finished book (he read it live on Instagram).
  • Unicorn Rescue Society: The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande by Adam Gidwitz and David Bowles: I just love this series. Period. Fun adventures, a diverse cast of characters and setting, mythology, and humor. Perfect.
  • They Called Us Enemy by George Takei: I am so glad that George Takei wrote this memoir. It is something that should not be forgotten in our history, specifically as it is being repeated  now. We cannot forget the story and people behind laws.
  • With Trent: Almost all of what we are reading is through authors’ virtual read alouds. It is such an amazing oppurtunity, I just don’t want Trent to miss out. This week, we went to virtual story times with: Josh Funk, Kate Messner, Peter Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Michelle Obama, and Mac Barnett.
    • He also had two great books focused on two amazing women read by his teachers this week: Shark Lady and Frida. 

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

We read a lot of Elephant and Piggie (series by Mo Willems) this week. My 6-year-old has a lot of fun reading one part of the Elephant and Piggie books, so we went to town on the books. A neighbor lent us some of the books from her collection. We allowed them to sit for two days before we touched them, and then we read book after book (about three each night). He also read Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry to me (which I was able to access digitally). It was a great reading week, and we had a lot of fun with these books.

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Kellee

  • Reading: Lafayette by Nathan Hale
    • Nathan Hale is our author who is going to come to our school next year!
  • Listening: I haven’t decided what I want to listen to next as I wait for the 5th Unicorn Rescue Society book to be out in 8 days.
  • Listening with Trent: Unicorn Rescue Society: The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz (for book club)
  • Trent reading with Henry: Elephant and Piggie books during partner reading for their weekly book club

Ricki

I am on the quest for more books that feel comfortable and challenging for my son. He loves the Elephant and Piggie books. If anyone has any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

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Tuesday: The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: It Is (Not) Perfect by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Studying the Past, Writing the Future: Some Thoughts on the Study of History” by Todd Hasak-Lowy, Author of We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World

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